November 09, 2011 11:06 ET

Wine Tour Interest on the Rise in New Zealand, Say DialAFlight

Recent Success at the International Wine and Spirits Festival Only Adds to Growing Interest in New Zealand Produced Wines

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Following recent gold medal success at the critically acclaimed International Wine and Spirits festival in London, interest in New Zealand's wine production continues to grow. As a result the number of international tourists visiting and joining the country's popular wine tours has risen sharply. DialAFlight, one the UK's leading tour operators, is at the forefront for providing tourists with flights to New Zealand and the company has reported an increase in numbers heading down-under over recent months.

Overall, New Zealand's wines managed to win 305 awards during the festival, held over two days in October. One kiwi wine even managed to claim the 'best in class' gold medal- fending off competition from other leading red and white wines from around the world.

Fine viticulture, most famously found in California and southern France, has for decades attracted wine connoisseurs to popular vineyard tours. It seems New Zealand's scenic lands and consummate vineyards are proving the ideal destination for tourists to test-taste award winning wines.

Most vineyards in the country are found either side of the Cook Strait- the narrow stretch of sea dividing New Zealand's north and south islands. Climatic conditions here are ideal for wine production; thus these regions are fronting the country's apparent boom wine tourism boom. However, Auckland, the country's largest city, is also famed for its fine wines and is typically the first stop for wine tourists landing at Auckland's International Airport.

Many wine tours in New Zealand follow a stringent schedule, allowing visitors to spend the morning sightseeing; exploring the grape-bearing plantations, before in the afternoon tasting a variety of fine vintage wines on site.

Commenting on the rise in wine tourism in New Zealand, a spokesman for DialAFlight said today:

"It seems New Zealand is fronting the sudden world-wide interest in wine production in the Southern hemisphere. Latest figures show Americans are purchasing more and more wines from New Zealand- up 22% compared to datum published last year."

"So success at this year's London Wine and Spirits Festival is only going to fuel more interest in New Zealand's wine tourism. It's great for the country, especially during times of economic uncertainty. DialAFlight are proud to be offering great money-saving deals on flights to New Zealand. With the amount of inquires we've had increasing over recent months, it's been rewarding to maintain the high levels of service our customers admire."

Notes to Editor

DialAFlight is one of the UK's leading travel companies and has been in business for 30 years. Our sales people have 2000 collective years experience between them and our buying power is second to none. Each year hundreds of thousands of people come to us for cheap flights, hotels, car hire, weekend breaks and business flights. DialAFlight offer more than six million cheap flights to a wide range of destinations around the world including flights to Bangkok and flights to Dubai.

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